The northern province of Hai Duong and the Lao province of Vientiane have signed a cooperation agreement and pledged to subsequently share their experiences in socio-economic development.

The deal was reached at a working session between Hai Duong officials and a visiting delegation from Vientiane led by its Vice Governor Bounmy Phouthavong on October 17.

At the session, both sides briefed each other on their socio-economic development, investment attraction and social welfare in the first nine months of this year. They also discussed ways to fulfill their socio-economic development goals in the year’s remaining months.

It was agreed that delegation exchanges will be boosted to increase cooperation in the fields of business, culture and education while a cooperation centre established to promote further sharing.

Both sides will also enhance cooperation and exchanges in tertiary and general education.

The Vietnamese province will continue to promote scholarships to 10 Vientiane students studying at the Hai Duong Medical Technical University whilst the Lao locality will cover financial expenses for Hai Duong students to learn the Lao language.

In addition, Hai Duong will send experts to transfer farming and breeding techniques to the Lao province and organise fact-finding trips to survey the tourism potential.-VNA